Saturday, September 12, 2009

Library Loot: Second Week in September

Can you see how out of control I am at the library?! Do you have any suggestions on what to read first?

Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
The Dead of Night by John Marsden
A Killing Frost by John Marsden

Note: I think I've checked out this first book at least three or four times in the past two years. I always *mean* to start the Tomorrow series by Australian author, John Marsden. These books have been on my want-list since this post of Jen's back in August of 2007. Another review that reminded me I *wanted* to read these is from Bart's Bookshelf.

Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
In the Company of Ogres by A. Lee Martinez

Note: Deslily reviewed Gil's All Fright Diner last week. And the moment I read it, I knew I had to check this one out. Now I've not heard anything about this other one, In the Company of Ogres, and I have no idea of knowing if this one is Deslily approved or not.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Note: This one is all on Chris. Though he's not the only blogger singing its praises. Here's one from Wendy. And one from Valentina. The lovely Nymeth, of course.

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.

Note: Leila was finding herself in a reading slump and asked for recommendations. Since I haven't had the most wonderful luck myself the past few weeks (with a few gush-worthy exceptions) I followed the comments closely. Angie recommended this one saying, "I know you read Juliet Marillier's WILDWOOD DANCING and weren't wowed. It's her weakest book. But you will not regret picking up her first--DAUGHTER OF THE FOREST. It's a gorgeous retelling of the Wild Swans fairy tale set in 9th c. Ireland. Not to be missed." Since I wasn't crazy about Wildwood Dancing, I thought this one might work for me too.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Note: Just looked fun. And I am in the Everything Austen challenge. Reviews at Dear Author, Booking Mama, Stephanie's Written Word.

The Belgariad. Volume 1 (3-in-1 collection) David Eddings (Includes: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit)

Note: Something I picked up on impulse. I think. The name sounded familiar--I think because I remember reading about his death earlier in the summer. I've never read any of his books. But this looked like a good place to start.

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler
Vampire A Go-Go by Victor Gischler

Note: I saw Vampire A Go-Go first, and was immediately drawn to the title. I mean, isn't it just fun to say Vampire A Go-Go? I then saw that there was another title. So I went and grabbed that one too.

What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau
Red Glass by Laura Resau

Note: I plan on reading Laura Resau's Indigo Notebook within the week. I'm very excited to be part of her blog tour. So I wanted to read her previous books as well.

The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell

Note: It was facing outwards on the shelf and I walked by. Is that a good enough reason? Well, it is about King Arthur. And I am supposed to be reading Arthurian books for the challenge I'm hosting. True, I don't think I've read that many--if any. But this might be a start, right?

The Vampire of Ropraz by Jacques Chessex

Note: It's short, just a little over a hundred pages. And it's about vampires. And I don't think they sparkle. I thought it might be a quick read for Carl's R.I.P. IV Challenge.

Federations. Edited by John Joseph Adams.
Fast Ships, Black Sails. Edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

Note: Both of these are short story collections. One is science fiction. One is pirate. Is there such a thing as a pirate genre?

Royal Blood by Rona Sharon

Note: All I needed to know about this one is that it is set in Tudor England.

Graveyard for Lunatics by Ray Bradbury

Note: I think I've thought about checking this one out before. It's by Ray Bradbury, an author I discovered several R.I.P's ago. And it would be great to read another Bradbury.

Leftover Loot:

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson
The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen by M.T. Anderson
Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison
Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
See No Evil by Jamila Gavin
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove
Twilight of Avolon by Anna Elliott
We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle
Colonel Brandon's Diary by Amanda Grange
The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James
Darcy's Passions by Regina Jeffers
The Reavers by George MacDonald Fraser
How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries!

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


chrisa511 said...

Oh you got Fingersmith!!! Yippee!! It's seriously one of my favorite reads of the year. Such a great one. I'm dying to read the Tomorrow series. Ever since Bart put them on my radar I've been craving them. You might just push me over the edge with those :/ I have Gil's All Fright Diner here and I'm trying to get it in soon for the RIP challenge. Sounds like a great one! And I want to read Daughter of the Forest just for that gorgeous cover!! Is it Palencar? Looks like him!

La Coccinelle said...

Whoa! Too many books. :)

The only ones I've read are the John Marsden ones. They're pretty good.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

I LOVED Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - very well written and intriguing, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Enjoy!

Anastasia @ Here There Be Books said...

Oh! I'm really interested in those go go books. They sound so much fun!

But I really love The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, so, uh.

I vote for those ones, lol. :D

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A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I always end up doing the same thing when I'm at the library-and end up with 20 books I don't know how I'll ever read. :) I vote for Royal Blood. I love books set in Tudor England. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict is a very fast read.

Unknown said...

I don't surprise there's a lot of mystery as to the ones I'd suggest...

Go with the Marsdens!

DesLily said...

holy cow Becky! lol..
I'm glad you are giving Gils All Fright Diner a try!..of his other books I've read In the Company of Ogres I would say is his second best. I was a tiny bit disappointed as I wanted more humor like Gil's All Fright Diner, but over all It was cute.

Ohhhhh! and you are going to read Eddings for the first time???!! I love that first series of books !!! Read them eons ago and have reread them a time or two! I really hope you like them! I get excited when someone reads "older books" for the first time! Many times I feel the books "I enjoyed" are long gone as the authors did a few "super" things and when they tried writing "other things" just didn't stay popular..but it sure doesn't mean those first series of books wasn't damn good! (well.. to ME anyway)

Eva said...

I got Fingersmith this time too. :) And I just finished reread Daughter of the Forest-it was a lot of fun! I looooved The Belgariad back in high school. :D

Ana S. said...

I can't wait to hear what you think of Fingersmith! Daughter of the Forest is also quite awesome.

Kailana said...

Good luck getting through all those! I have the first book in the Tomorrow series out from the library, too, but I haven't had time to read it.

Holly said...

Read Daughter of the Forest! It's so good--my favorite book by her. The Belgariad is also good--I just finished re-reading it. You'd like it, I think. :)

Fyrefly said...

The Belgariad was my introduction into fantasy as an adult (I'd read stuff like the Narnia books as a kid), and it's good fun. It sticks pretty close to fantasy convention, and I don't know how well it will stack up against other serious epic fantasy, but it should be a light, quick read.